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News: Ireland blowing in the wind

Wed, 16 May 07

Power to meet the needs of up to 17,000 homes is to be generated in Tyrone, energy firm RES UK & Ireland announced yesterday...

The farm, which has now received planning permission, will be built at Slieve Divena, near Garvaghy by the company which is a member of the Renewable Energy Systems Group involved in the development, construction and operation of wind farms across the UK and Ireland, the rest of Europe, North America and Australia.

Owned in turn by the Sir Robert McAlpine group of companies, the firm has developed six of the existing wind farms in Northern Ireland (Rigged Hill, Corkey, Elliotts Hill, Lendrum’s Bridge, Altahullion and Callagheen) and a single turbine at Slievenahanaghan.

A further four RES-developed projects have been granted planning permission.

Slieve Divena wind farm will generate electricity equivalent to the annual needs of nearly 17,000 homes annually, providing a local source of energy and helping to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

Wind energy ‘makes sense’

The company said wind energy made sense as the Province was still over 95 per cent dependent on polluting and insecure imported fuels like oil and gas.

The farm is located between Garvaghy, Ballygawley and Beragh and will be built by RES Construction Ltd using WH Alexander Construction Ltd, Omagh.

The planning application, accompanied by a full environmental statement, was made in 2005 following a six-month information programme for the local community and their representatives, involving door-to-door visits, letters and public exhibitions.

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